Enthea: recommended reading on psychedelics

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Also, there's an atom feed now.

Psychedelics have been receiving a lot of attention recently. Rather than write up another summary of psychedelic history and research, here are links to the best introductory writings we've seen so far:

  • The case for psychedelics (a) in Quillette. Two research psychologists make the case for liberalizing access to psychedelics. A good, brief introduction; decidedly pro-psychedelic.

  • The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies (a) in Vox. Giant listicle in which Vox reporters outline the potential upside and dangers of psychedelics. Pretty balanced, cautiously optimistic about the benefits.

  • The trip treatment (a) in The New Yorker. Michael Pollan's detailed account of the psychedelic renaissance is the best popular piece on the topic. He interviews many of the key researchers and funders in the space, and overall gives a balanced take. However, the piece came out in 2015 – some of the strategic considerations have shifted since then.

The first part of Nichols 2016 gives a comprehensive and readable overview of recent academic research, safety considerations, and mechanisms of action (the review then veers into some pretty gnarly psychopharmacology).

The Usona Institute (a) and the Heffter Research Institute (a) maintain bibliographies of research they've supported.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) maintains a searchable psychedelic biography (a). It's difficult to browse, though.

Nearly all recent academic publications can be located on PubMed. Here are instructions for accessing academic papers.

(a) = archived version of the linked page. For background on this practice, see Long Content (a).

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